Employers angered by unions demand for 10 percent wage hike in private sector
Czech and Moravian trade unions have said they will demand an 8 to 10 percent wage hike in negotiations with employers, based on the country’s healthy growth and wage rises in the public sector. Employers have dismissed the demand as unrealistic, and are refusing an increase across the board.
The demand – and its justification – drew an angry response from the president of the Czech Chamber of Commerce Vladimir Dlouhy, who said trade unions should be more aware of their place in society and should stop inciting hatred towards employers. Dlouhy said he was not against hikes, but they could not be across the board and must depend on the state and performance of individual companies, and branches of the industry. He moreover pointed out that according to a survey compiled by Hospodarske Noviny 75 percent off all companies in the Czech Republic raised wages this year. Employers generally got a 5 percent hike. One in six firms raised wages by 7 percent and more.
The President of the Union of Industry and Transport Jaroslav Hanak also dismissed the demand as unrealistic saying the unions were racking up political pressure ahead of the elections.
Union leader Josef Stredula is not about to be browbeaten. He countered that the said increases would never have happened were it not for persistent pressure from trade union organizations and added that should employees want to bring the message home by going on strike alert or a full-blown strike the Confederation of Czech and Moravian Trade Unions would readily to support them.